Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

How appropriate that the photos I selected to illustrate “treasure” are not the best quality photographs, but rather snapped on the fly (or, should I say, “on the ski”) with my phone this weekend.  I had another post almost completed for this week’s challenge, but it became apparent to me on a relaxing ski through the woods with good friends, as the fluffy flakes added a fresh layer, that I was enjoying one of life’s best treasures — good friendship (made even better by the simultaneous enjoyment of the beauty of the outdoors).  The best treasures are, indeed, treasures of the heart.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Cross-country skiing with good friends

 “I shall ask into my shell only those friends with whom I can be completely honest. I find I am shedding hypocrisy in human relationships. What a rest that will be. The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The treasure of good friendship during a winter ski

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ~ L.M. Montgomery

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Treasure” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy

Joy is spending time over the holidays with my family, skiing through the beautiful snow-covered pines.

Skiing through the winter woods

I showed you some evening scenes from these trails in my last post.  As you can see, the trails are just as beautiful during daylight.  We are fortunate to live in a place with so many natural escapes that allow us to get out and enjoy the otherwise very long winter months!

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Joy” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Skiing on a Sunday Night

The trails were quiet, the lights were on.  The tracked trails invited us in.  What a beautiful way to spend an evening with my boys.

Night skiing in Duluth, Minnesota

Night skiing in Duluth, Minnesota

Night skiing in Duluth, Minnesota

Night skiing in Duluth, Minnesota

Hoping your holiday was merry and bright!

Ciao! ~ Kat

No Spring Skips Its Turn

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” ~ Hal Borland

Garden bench waiting for Spring

Garden benches still buried in snow, ski trails freshly groomed, robins lying in wait somewhere — it is Spring in northern Minnesota!

Spring skiing in northern Minnesota

“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”  ~ Henry Van Dyke

Icicles a sure sign of warmer days

“Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.”  ~ Chinese Proverb

Ciao! ~ Kat